The Fire of Flamenco
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Pride. Sorrow. Love. Passion. Universal themes that touch and transcend the boundaries of the many cultures in America. Through its purity of form, rhythms and intensity, Flamenco strikes a universal chord in audiences everywhere. It is one of the richest expressions of folklore and was the focus of the 2010 World Dance Symposium during Hispanic Heritage Month at Rutgers-Newark.

Flamenco Vivo II, the second company to one of the nation’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, present El Corazón del Flamenco: A Symposium on Spanish Dance & Culture, including a dance lecture/workshop and concert at the Rutgers-Newark campus. Sponsored by the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, the Symposium featured a 90-minute lecture/workshop on Flamenco history, tradition, and dance in the 3rd floor Dance Theater of the Paul Robeson Campus Center.  In the evening, Flamenco Vivo II presented an hour-long performance at the Bradley Hall Theater.

Flamenco Vivo II is dedicated to the universal spirit of flamenco as a multicultural art form. The company and its dramatic repertory endeavor to build bridges between cultures and promote the power of flamenco as a living art and a vital part of Hispanic heritage to mainstream audiences across the country. Their performances have been hailed as “an infectiously joyful celebration of music and dance” according to The New York Times.